Police: Woman falsely claimed man was dead inside her home, then fled on two-state chaseStaff Report
January 17. 2018 10:39PM
NASHUA — A 54-year-old Nashua woman was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, resisting detention and conduct after an accident after a police pursuit that crossed into two states.
Officers with Nashua’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit were conducting an investigation in the area of Major Drive at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when they had contact with Carmelita Vergez, 54, of 11 Major Drive.
She got into her 2004 Honda Odyssey and before leaving, police said she told officers falsely that a man had been shot and was dead inside her residence.
Vergez then fled the area in her car as officers tried to get additional information from her, police said.
Officers located Vergez’s car on Allds Street and tried to bring her to a stop but she drove south on Main Street and crossed into Tyngsborough, Mass.
Nashua police then learned Vergez had been in a minor collision with another car on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua.
Police in Tyngsborough took up the pursuit until Vergez crossed back into Nashua on Route 3.
Nashua officers placed spike strips in the area of Exit 5 on the northbound side of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.
Vergez continued north to the Exit 6 off-ramp, where her car struck another vehicle, police said.
No injuries were reported in that second crash.
Police said Vergez then ran away from her car and went over the guardrail, jumped down the embankment, and ran toward the Nashua River.
Officers quickly caught up with Vergez and placed her under arrest.
After she was in custody, police went to her home and confirmed there was no fatal shooting victim there, officials said.
New Hampshire State Police assisted Nashua in dealing with the incident.
Vergez was charged with two counts of disobeying a police officer, two counts of conduct after an accident, resisting detention, and resisting arrest. All are misdemeanors.